It was nice to see Henry again. He was such a sweetie. Masquerading as a priest, getting off on saving lives while saying "Gee" and "Gosh". But Josie's backstory was sad. No family, in love with Henry, a woman becoming part of an organization for men only back in the fifties, and she was well aware that women weren't usually taken seriously. I hope Josie isn't still conscious in Abaddon's body.
But stealing souls? Did I miss something? According to Ruby, if I'm remembering correctly, it takes a long, long time to make a soul demonic. "Sister Agnes" just said that Abaddon was creating a demon army and that there were "factories". She didn't answer when Sam said it would take a million years.
I did also like that the soulless thing was a callback to soulless Sam a couple of seasons ago, and that Sam handled it well and didn't take it personally. And Sam's new cell phone exorcism app was the best thing ever. Points for former nun Julia Wilkinson, too. She was fun. And she even lived through the episode. I wonder why? It wasn't like Abaddon to leave a witness.
Moving on to our B plot, it seems pretty obvious that Dean started hitting the sauce because he knows the Mark of Cain is going to make him dangerous to Sam. And of course, that was what this episode was about: people losing control and endangering their loved ones. It would be nice if Dean confided his fear to Sam, but of course, we can't have that.
At least Dean had his buddy Crowley. And Crowley appears to actually like Not Moose these days. He was even trying to get Dean to confide in him, to confess how frightened he was of this Cain blade situation. Or that maybe Dean isn't frightened, that the First Blade was his "precious". The thing is, Crowley may be embracing his addiction to human blood and hanging out with Dean, but he's still Crowley and completely untrustworthy with an agenda of his own. Right?
-- I particularly liked the scene with the white soul thingies returning to their bodies, accompanied by violin music. Lovely. Not that they would be happy to have their lives back after what they did when they were "out".
-- Dean got the Impala's paint job fixed. Of course he did.
-- John's mother's name was Millie.
-- The intro to Henry and the Men of Letters also took place in 1958.
-- Loved Dean racking the pool balls without a rack. He has many skills.
-- This week: Milton, Illinois. Sam was Agent Leiter. Was that a James Bond reference? Wasn't Felix Leiter CIA?
-- This episode was directed by our own Misha Collins. Great job.
-- The next episode airs April 15.
-- Thanks so much to sunbunny, who reviewed the previous episode while I was moving. I hate moving.
Crowley: (to Dean) "You're lying to Sam like he's your wife. Which kind of makes me your mistress."
Julia: "I say 'demons' and you don't bat an eye when everyone else around here thinks I'm nuts on toast."
Crowley: "Unless Abaddon likes ten cent wings, stale beer and the clap, I doubt that she's here."
Crowley: "Just between us girls, how did you feel when you sunk the First Blade into Magnus's head?"
Dean: "Not half as good as I'm gonna feel when it's yours."
Crowley: "Love it when you talk dirty."
Julia: "I'm an ex-nun, sweetie. 'Complicated' is my middle name."
Crowley: "I know that Cain gave you his mark for a reason. And I know that, rather than embracing it, rather than looking at it as the gift that it is, you're sulking like you lost your knuffle bunny."
And I'm going, what's a knuffle bunny?
Crowley: "I'm going to go water the lily. Care to cross streams?"
And the song "You're No Good" was playing. Perfect.
Sam: "Can I ask you something?"
Julia: "If it's for a date, I'm sorry. I never date anyone under sixty-five. Too much drama."
Pretty solid. Three out of four knuffle bunnies,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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